Bizz & BooBoo

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Gardening: Goals vs Real Life! August 2, 2011

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My garden:

Veggie Garden (photo by Seemann, courtesy of

A beautiful 1/2 acre or so with rows of heirloom & cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, strawberries, squash, peppers and more. A small field of blueberries behind the garden area, with an area in between the two that the kids play and laugh while I am gardening.  I can hear the chickens scratching in the yard beside the garden and the butterflys and bees are plentiful in my wildflower rows! Summer’s bounty is brought in daily and eaten or preserved for winter…… WAKE UPDarn, this isn’t my real life????

Real Life:

This year I started out so well with seedlings in the house started from local organic seed companies.

I have drip line that is ready to put in (it is still ready to put in…. any takers?)

Crazy year of late cold/rain in our area made me wait and wait to plant (though maybe I should have just planted a little earlier and protected the plants when necessary?)

Half my seedlings ended up dying because I didn’t get them planted in time or I forgot to water them thoroughly enough, or Bizz and Booboo helped plant them and maybe were not quite gentle enough 🙂

My garden area is a small area between my house and the fence, doesn’t get quite enough sun for full day sun, but enough to usually do okay. The area was overgrown and rocky and a dog run when we purchased our house.

I only have tomatoes (Chadwick Cherry, Green Zebra and San Marzano), Cukes (Lemon, a pickling type and another I can’t remember the name of and lost the seed pack), peppers (2 barely making it Amish Sweet), morning glories that came back from last year, and a couple stowaways that I have no idea what they are yet but I let them grow as an experiment! Oh and two strawberry plants!

As of August 1st, 2011 –

Tomatoes – I have lots of green cherry tomatoes, only about 3 green san marzano’s, and the green zebra are growing well, but some of the leaves have gotten brown patches (see pic below – anyone know what the problem is??) and I don’t have any blossoms turning into tomatoes yet.


Cukes – Started with a ton of blossoms, had lots of them start to turn into cukes and then rot when super tiny (anybody know why this happens?), got our first cuke on Saturday (it was so yummy!!), and now it looks like lots are starting to come in.

Peppers – my pepper plants are struggling, only about a foot tall now. We’ll see what happens.

Strawberries – lots of flowers and got a few early in the season, now it seems that when they are just about ready every time some bug gets them before I do, organic gardening is so hard.

Morning Glories are just starting to blossom – so pretty!

Secret Stowaways  – doing pretty well. Not sure what they are yet. Here is a pic of one, any ideas?

How is your garden doing?



7 Responses to “Gardening: Goals vs Real Life!”

  1. Karen Says:

    Gardening really isn’t easy but yours doesn’t seem to be doing too bad. I just did a post on the status of my garden. My tomatoes are still green like yours. My garden is in full sun. That might be a reason that your peppers are not as big as they should be. I hope you end up with a nice crop.

    • Hi Karen, just looked at your post! Your pictures are gorgeous! And all your flowers are wonderful! Good luck getting some heirlooms with that pesky cute chipmunk 🙂 Yes, I think you are right on the peppers, I didn’t think it through enough, I should have planted them more in the middle of my garden area where the sun hits the longest!

  2. Mom Says:

    Well, I bought my plants at Red Bluff Garden center and all is doing well, eating green peppers, zucchini and cukes, cherry tomatoes soon. Other than the gopher holes, all is good, as long as they do not start munching on my roots. I bought some red hot candies, someone told me to put them in the gopher holes and it will take care of my problem, a big box for 98 cents is sure worth a try…………… (My first batch of zucchini had the same problem as your cukes, little ones and then they rotted, but all is fine now????

  3. Uh oh, Morning Glories! You will live to regret this 🙂 they reseed – everywhere! Beautiful local blog, very inspiring! Hope you can make it to a Chico Permaculture Guild meeting one o’ these months – Cheers! – Julie

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